Piero Dorazio

Palpito della Luce

, 1983
  • Material
    Color Lithography
  • Production Method
    signed by the artist and numbered
  • Edition Size
  • Measurement
    67 x 56 cm
  • Details about the frame
    Handgefertigter gewachster Kirschbaum-Holzrahmen, mit 10 mm Distanzleiste. Außenmaße ca. 61,1 x 72,4 cm. Inkl. Rückseitiger Hängeleiste, staubdicht verschlossen.
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About the edition

Sketched into stone and printed on paper, this colour lithograph recounts the time before digital —though what it depicts is a complete product of the imagination. Line by line, many colour plates and manoeuvres would have been necessary to achieve a structure as complex and as delicate as this with a traditional flat printing process. A technical feat! Rather than forming a two-dimensional surface composed of verticals, the freely suspended lines repeat themselves and suggest an infinite space of vibrating colours — an instinctual play with perception. “We abstract artists”, says the Dorazio while discussing his passion, “want to express emotions through colours, and modern art is an expression of joy.” Deeply in touch with the human and the sensory, Dorazio has crafted a piece so subtle that it radiates energy at first sight — positive energy!

About the artist

The Italian abstract artist Piero Dorazio begins to paint at a zero point for the fine arts. Following World War Two, he embarks on a quest to find his own visual language: One that doesn’t illustrate anything but suffices entirely on its own. Through his paintings and sketches, the artist creates virtual colour spaces. In the spirit of Kazimir Malevich and Paul Klee, he pushes the abstraction of colour to its limits, translating visual art into subtle poetry. Dorazio’s biography as an artist reads like a picture book: In 1947, he joins the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. There, he meets Henri Matisse and Georges Braque. In 1953, he starts teaching at Harvard, where he meets Willem de Kooning and Robert Rauschenberg. He begins to receive invitations to the great international art shows: to the documenta in Kassel, Germany, to the Biennale in Venice. In 1961, he receives the renowned Prix Kandinsky. Dorazio, however, longs for silence. He retreats into a deserted monastery in Italy where he creates works of art that merely appear simple because they are crafted from a place of technical perfection. Today, Dorazio’s life’s work is being rediscovered as a result of the big comeback of the ZERO movement.

Latest Exhibitions (Selection)

Seit 2016, Kunst in Europa 1945-1968, ZKM, Karlsruhe
2015, Zero, Berlin, Amsterdam
2014, Zero Plus, Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Köln; Zero in Vibration – Vibration in Zero, Moeller Fine Art, New York
2013, Postwar, Italien Protagonists, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venedig
2012, Im Netzwerk der Moderne – Will Grohmann, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden
2009, Die Gegenwart der Linie, Pinakothek der Moderne, München
2004, Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York
1996, Calcografia Nazionale, Rom, Italien
1988, 43. Biennale di Venezia, Venedig
1979, Retrospektive im Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
1966, Venice Biennale mit eigenem Ausstellungsraum
1965, "The Responsive Eye", Museum of Modern Art, New York
1962-65, Ausstellungen mit der ZERO Gruppe
1959, documenta II in Kassel; Galerie Springer, Berlin
1953, erste Einzelausstellung in der One-Wall Gallery, New York
1952, Venice Biennale

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